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Gaston offense sizzles in rout of Valley Catholic

Greyhounds hit the half-century mark for the third straight week in a 58-0 shutout of Valley Catholic
by: Zack Palmer Gaston freshman Dylan Clark (17) tries to recover a loose ball while Valley Catholic’s Liam Walsh watches helplessly.

TIGARD - The Gaston Greyhounds are starting to look a little like the Oregon Ducks.

The Greyhounds don't run the same wide-open spread offense or play at the same frenetic pace as the Ducks, but they are scoring points in prolific amounts this season, running their win streak to three games with a 58-0 drubbing of Valley Catholic on Friday at Tigard High School.

That makes 181 points in three games for Gaston, or an average of about 60 points per game. Even the high-flying Ducks can't match that pace, and Gaston head coach Reeve Woodward is hoping that none of the Hounds' opponents can match it either.

'The goal of our offense is to keep our defense off the field,' Woodward said, noting that many of his athletes play on both sides of the ball.

'It's been really hard to judge so far because we've played three teams that just weren't quite as good as us. We've made some mistakes and gotten away with it.'

Gaston didn't appear to make too many mistakes on Friday night, scoring seemingly at will on the way to a 44-0 halftime lead that was never challenged. The Hounds added a pair of touchdowns in the second half, then stuffed Valley Catholic's final drive inside the 10-yard line to preserve the shutout victory.

The defensive unit that Gaston has tried so hard to keep off the field turned in its best performance of the young season, limiting Valley Catholic - a Class 3A opponent - to negative total yardage for the game.

'I thought defensively we played really well,' Woodward said. 'Offensively we had to change things up a little bit. If we ran our power stuff there would have been too many injuries, so we went to more passing and outside stuff.'

Despite the change in offensive philosophy, the Greyhounds found the end zone early and often on Friday, scoring six first-half touchdowns, then opening the second half with Austin Morey's 64-yard punt return touchdown. Gaston quarterback David Carr punched into the end zone from short yardage later in the third quarter to make it 58-0.

Carr completed 7 of 12 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns, and he also rushed for 43 yards and a score. Kevin Reynolds and Sam Wismer sparked the Gaston ground game, with Reynolds rushing for 194 yards and two touchdowns, and Wismer adding 115 yards and two TDs of his own.

Morey finished with over 100 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns - one receiving and one on the punt return. Dusty Brown also had a receiving touchdown, and the senior finished with 58 yards through the air.

The easy part of the schedule is over now, and Gaston will get its first real test of the season this Friday with a home game against Regis (2-1), currently No. 8 in the OSAA Class 2A Power Rankings.

'Regis is definitely a quality team. I would say for sure they're a Top 10 team based on what I've seen,' Woodward said. 'They're more athletic at every position than anyone we've played so far, so it will be a good test for us.'

For their part, the Gaston players aren't looking at the matchup as anything more than another game on the schedule.

'The guys don't really get up or down for anything,' Woodward said. 'They just love to play football, and they play hard no matter who the opponent is.'

Friday's game will kick off at 7 p.m. at Gaston High School.